Author Archives: Maren

Guest post — taking us to Thanksgiving from Maria Mankin

A gift from Maria Mankin reminiscent of Auden’s “For the Time Being” which takes us to US Thanksgiving. At Christmas, we bow to the baby, the promise of magnificent grace born out of humble beginnings. On Epiphany, we greet the … Continue reading

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

God, we mourn today your image broken — shattered, violated, desecrated in the deaths of three hundred and thirty-one beloved, blessed, beautiful transgender children, knit as yours before their birth called forth like Lazarus, born again like Nicodemus, witness to … Continue reading

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An Advent wreath ceremony, 2019

For the last several years I have offered an alternative Advent wreath ceremony to give a slight twist on this good old tradition of remembering the circle of the season that brings us to hope and peace and love and … Continue reading

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Prayer for the shooting in Santa Clarita, California

God who knits all your children tenderly and with stitches of grace before the day they are born, we pray in sorrow for this birthday tragedy of a young man who killed classmates on his sixteenth birthday. We pray for … Continue reading

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Psalm 13 for Yemen

How long, O God? Will the world forget and ignore their suffering? How long will civilians be bombed and the United States supply and collude in it? How long shall three million people be driven from their homes and internal … Continue reading

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No One Knows My Name — Guest post Isobel DeGruchy, South Africa

This is the true Advent in our culture — November. and the true “12 Days” is December. If, as the history of Christianity has always done, we lean into the culture, embracing just enough  to be the platform for our … Continue reading

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Prayer for the fires in Australia

God, we know that you kindle hearts and not bush, and that you walk with us into the deepest fires as you did in the long-ago Bible story of the three faithful ones, This day we ask for your grace, … Continue reading

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